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    Music Man Basses with All Rosewood Necks

    I own a Bongo 5HH BFR with an all rosewood neck. I love this bass, I use this one as my main bass.
    But some questions I have:

    When was the first time, all rosewood necks were used on Music Man basses?
    Were all rosewood necks only used on BFR basses?
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    If I recall correctly. On nearly all instruments for 1 month only: November 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disssa View Post
    I own a Bongo 5HH BFR with an all rosewood neck. I love this bass, I use this one as my main bass.
    But some questions I have:

    When was the first time, all rosewood necks were used on Music Man basses?
    Were all rosewood necks only used on BFR basses?
    The first time the rosewood neck was offered was November 2008. On those limited runs of rosewood neck, they were all marked BFR on the neck but did not receive certificates.

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    Thank you for the infos!
    So there were several editions of basses with all rosewood necks? So there was one in 2008, 2009 and 2013?
    MusicMan Reflex 5HSS
    MusicMan Bongo 5HH BFR
    MusicMan Sterling 5HH
    MusicMan SUB5

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    Quote Originally Posted by disssa View Post
    Thank you for the infos!
    So there were several editions of basses with all rosewood necks? So there was one in 2008, 2009 and 2013?
    IIRC 2008 and 2009 rosewood neck were available as BFR models (12th fret Inlay):
    Music Man Basses with All Rosewood Necks-download-jpg

    The November 2013 models looked like that:
    Music Man Basses with All Rosewood Necks-attachment-jpg
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    The 2013 models with oil/wax neck and matt headstock are AWESOME! Best feeling neck (on a Bongo 5HH) I've ever played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    The 2013 models with oil/wax neck and matt headstock are AWESOME! Best feeling neck (on a Bongo 5HH) I've ever played.
    Totally agree. I have a Big Al from that run and the neck is amazing.

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    Slight off topic question but...
    all rosewood necks, they look great but rosewood by nature is quite a brittle wood, how do they hold up stability wise ? and not tempting anyone’s fate but has anyone broken one ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Slight off topic question but...
    all rosewood necks, they look great but rosewood by nature is quite a brittle wood, how do they hold up stability wise ? and not tempting anyone’s fate but has anyone broken one ?
    Had one damaged in shipping; dropped on one end and the headstock point was splintered like you wouldn’t believe. EBMM took it and replaced the neck. No issues since. It feels like a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    Had one damaged in shipping; dropped on one end and the headstock point was splintered like you wouldn’t believe. EBMM took it and replaced the neck. No issues since. It feels like a dream.
    That’s my general though/conclusion towards them. Very nice but need looking after doubly careful.
    There was a beautiful looking Bongo a while back, buttercream 05LE with all rosewood neck that would of made a perfect pair with my stingray...... one day maybe

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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